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Old 10-22-2018, 04:21 PM   #161 (permalink)
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Hoopie, thanks for sharing this! I'm inspired and now I want to do this too. I have the funds, time, shop space, tools, etc.

How are you lifting the body off of the frame? Using your lift as a crain?

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Old 10-22-2018, 04:38 PM   #162 (permalink)
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How are you lifting the body off of the frame? Using your lift as a crain?
By cutting it in half I’m able to lift the body halves off by hand. With help of course. it’s heavy but manageable.
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Old 10-22-2018, 07:28 PM   #163 (permalink)
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Hoopie, thanks for sharing this! I'm inspired and now I want to do this too. I have the funds, time, shop space, tools, etc.
What do you have for a donor vehicle? If you convert the MacPherson struts to rocker arm coil-overs you might be able to get a way with a 1946 Jeep:


https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/enth...ila/ar-BBOfL3A
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Old 10-23-2018, 06:32 PM   #164 (permalink)
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heh, my wife and i had an old 46' flat fender for many years when we were first married. Ours never looked like that though! :{)
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I'm picking up a Prius and doing this. There's one near me that was wrecked in the rear, asking $600. 170,000 miles and good battery pack. It's a no brainier! I would LOVE to drop a VW Bug body over it (freebeard, eat your heart out) but I don't think it will fit in the Beetle's trunk. Will take measurements though. A Toyota Yaris might have better odds.

Look for my build thread soon, I'm serious. I'll be watching this build very closely of course.

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It makes mine worth more.

Do it, generations yet unborn will know Strength Through Joy Hybrid Synergy Drive technology.

My own conversion is stalled out. My plan is to get an Arcimoto FUV and use the money I save to build out the Lexus/VW pure electric.

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That doesn't look aircooled VW.

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Baja'd 1958 Canadian Beetle body on a 1971 pan. The fall-back position is a stroker 1776 Mileage Motor on a swing-axle 5-speed (both in hand). If I can't produce the 288-400V system needed.

I want to put a continental kit where the engine was.
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Hoopie, between this build and your first with the '41 Chevy pickup, which do you think is better/easier? Which would you recommend someone else try?

Big difference obviously is that this time your using the whole Prius chassis, while with the truck you chopped it off at the rear wheels and welded the two frames together.

I'm trying to decide what kind of vehicle I want to do this with. Old rusty trucks are all around me out here in Kansas, a few are rust free enough to consider. I think I'll have to give up on the Beetle idea for now, too hard to fit, unless I find a Yaris or something smaller i.e. a smart car.

I might pick up the rear-ended Prius on Sunday. That gives me a few days to figure it out... or come to my senses and change my mind! My wife is not helping though, she gave me the go-ahead, so long as I don't slack on my house chores (not her words, but they were implied )

What I would really like to do is get the Prius dash inside the cab of the truck. Use all the Prius controls, gauge cluster, etc. That will be the hard part.

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mannydantyla — Is it drivable? As in, is the rear suspension compromised? If not you have essentially a complete car, and all you need is a refurbed C-10 cab. It has the width you need.


https://www.legendaryspeed.com/wp-co.../this-bada.jpg




Then a flatbed or cedar cabin or ...a little gantry crane:


http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2018...ad-gantry.html

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